Tag Archives: Les Houches

Just Pistes

Nice to get the piste skis up to speed

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Firm pistes
Weather: Bluebird

Just a few piste laps on the GS skis before work this morning.  Excellent firm snow, no crowds and not as cold as earlier in the week… [continue reading].

Family Day

Classic style from my mum

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Soft & heavy on piste
Weather: Overcast, light snow

My parents and sister are in town this week for some skiing (and meanwhile my brother welcomed his first baby into the family in Louisiana last night) so I got a few hours with them at Les Houches this morning.  Snow was falling yesterday above 1300-1800m even… [continue reading]

The Houches

Nice views over the Mont Blanc Massif once things cleared up

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Soft and a little sticky on piste, very soft and sticky off piste
Weather: Mostly clouds then mostly sun

Sky high freezing levels for the past day and a half meant that I wasn’t convinced how fun or safe anything off piste would be today, so just some Les Houches laps for the first time this… [continue reading]

Plan B: Slush

Martin, Alex: Ripping up the pistes off the back of Les Houches, overlooking the Arve Valley

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Soft pistes, slushy lower down
Weather: Bluebird, warm

I was up early this morning to head up Grands Montets with Alex for something off the Argentiere Basin, feeling ready for a big day, but it wasn’t to be as the Top Bin was announced as closed at 9.00am due to high winds.  Plan B took us… [continue reading]

Easy Now

Lorne: Finding some untouched powdery snow

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Tracked but soft, pistes excellent
Weather: Sun & cloud, cold, some wind

Just an easy blast around Les Houches today which was looking brighter than other options when I checked things out mid-morning.  Things weren’t as soft off-piste as I had expected but not mogulled so I’ll take that.  The untouched snow that we could find… [continue reading]

More pistes

Martin: Good pistes overlooking the Chamonix valley

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Excellent pistes, soft enough off piste
Weather: Sun & cloud

Just a blast about Les Houches today to get out and avoid the crowds.  Pistes were in excellent condition but a little firm on the front side.  The back side was best with plenty big rollers, a small park now open and shallow but soft snow… [continue reading]

Just Blasting About

Graham: On the right skis today

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Wet & heavy but good
Weather: Overcast, warm

Clouds this morning meant that I wasn’t too in the mood for battling Grands Montets crowds for first lifts, so just a blast around Les Houches in a big group instead.  Mainly full speed on the pistes front & back side, popping off any rollers and side hits… [continue reading]

Lazy One

Martin: Heading off the back of Les Houches

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Good to firm on piste
Weather: Sun & cloud

An easy afternoon on the pistes today after I spent the morning waiting for a delivery while snow report requests to friends on the hill went unanswered (translation: rubbish snow).  So Les Houches was a decent shout for some lazy piste laps in better light than the… [continue reading]

Powder

Rob: Forgetting to smile but trust me, he was having fun here

Location: Les Houches
Snow: 25-35cm powder
Weather: Cloudy with bright spells, light snowfall

New snow at last, much to the delight of most of the Chamonix Valley.  Everything was shut yesterday due to the amount of snow and very high avalanche risks but Grands Montets, Le Tour and Les Houches partially opened today and we opted for Les Houches for… [continue reading]

Pure Dreich

Scotty: It begins

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Very wet & heavy
Weather: Heavy rain/sleet/snow

Heavy snow in town this morning quickly turned to sleet and the webcams were not looking too appealing but I wanted to get up the hill for a few runs at least to see how Scotty would get on on his new ski setup.  Yes, Scotty now has skis;… [continue reading]

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